Guard Eddie House signed with Miami on Wednesday, eliminating one possibility the Bulls were considering as an extra perimeter player.
House has been strictly a 3-point specialist during his 10-year career. Other than a good two-year stint in Boston from 2007-09, he hasn’t been very effective, so it’s probably not a great loss for the Bulls. He should get some open looks in Miami’s star-studded lineup.
The Bulls are still looking at Keith Bogans and Roger Mason, while keeping Tracy McGrady in mind. There could also be surprise candidates this late in the summer when the options are few.
MESSAGE TO RUDY
The Oregonian mentioned the Bulls as a potential destination for Portland shooting guard Rudy Fernandez. League insiders wonder if the Blazers are really serious about moving Fernandez. The Bulls’ inquiries earlier this summer were rebuffed.
At this point, if Fernandez is unhappy with his limited role in Portland, the Bulls may not be his best option, considering they’ve already added Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer at two guard.
According to reports, the Blazers are willing to accommodate Fernandez'trade request and are looking for a first-round draft pick in return.
The 6-6 Fernandez, 25, played well as a rookie, averaging 10.4 points and shooting 42.5 percent from the field. He slumped in his second season, dropping to 8.1 points and 38-percent shooting in slightly fewer minutes.
I've seen rumors of the Bulls offering Taj Gibson for Fernandez, but cannot imagine that happening. You don't trade a competent big man for an unproven guard.
NEW ROLE FOR PETE MEYERS
The Bulls’ coaching staff is still unsettled. When they hired Tom Thibodeau, his plan for assistants included Ron Adams, Maurice Cheeks and Andy Greer. Adams and Greer quickly moved in, but Cheeks was still under contract with Oklahoma City and was unable to return to his hometown.
With an obvious need for a former player on the bench, the Bulls have been sitting tight for several weeks. It appeared longtime assistant Pete Myers might take that role, but he will leave the coaching staff and take another assignment within the organization.
Myers’ exit is a surprise, since he coached the summer league team in Las Vegas earlier this month. But he started with the Bulls as a scout and was reluctant to join the coaching staff when given the opportunity in 2003.
The Bulls have been very happy with Randy Brown, who joined the team as a player development coach last summer. It’s possible he could be asked to become a regular assistant coach, but may not be interested in such a role.
Ex-Bulls guard Rick Brunson helped out in player development with the summer league team. He doesn’t have much coaching experience, though, and would likely join the staff only if Brown moved to a bench role.
Advance scout Mike Wilhelm will continue in the same role.